The Wheel

The wheel. It’s the center of attention on any Roulette table. 18 black. 18 red. 1 green. And 1 white ball to change your fortunes. It’s arguably the most iconic item in any casino, yet most players aren’t sure how the wheel is laid out and why some wheels look a bit different than others. The wheel can make you a millionaire over night, so lets take a deeper look at what we’re dealing with

The Numbering

If you can count to 36, you’re ready to become rich. Each Roulette wheel has a number range from 1-36, and generally a “0” space for house advantage (Note: Some American tables will have two “0” spaces). The number sequencing on the wheels are as follows:

1 to 10 and 19 to 28: Odd numbers are red and even are black.

11 to 18 and 29 to 36: Odd numbers are black and even are red.

The numbers aren’t in order on a roulette board, only to ensure that the color pattern of the wheel goes red/black all the way around.

The Odds

The roulette wheel offers a variety of odds for a player to either play it safe and progressively make money, or make it all in one go. There are over 20 different types of bets a player can wager in roulette, with a variety of different payouts.  Betting on a green space (“0” or “00”) or betting on any number (1-36) will pay out a hefty 35/1. Any bet on a black or red space, or an even or odd space, will pay the player 1/1 odds. The house edge in roulette is minimal, at roughly 2%.


Why you should love the wheel

The excitement of the wheel is unmatched in a casino. When the white ball hits the wheel, all the players hold a collective breath as their fate rests on a lucky number and fortuitous bounce. As mentioned above, the house odds aren’t huge and you’ll have a variety of ways to make money. Roulette is as simple as a casino game can get, so any learning curve won’t be nearly as steep as say, poker or Texas Shootout. Also, as a quirky fact, the sum of the numbers on a roulette board totals to 666.

A devil’s game, indeed.